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Jim and Julie Sisk co-anchor our full morning coverage on "Good Morning Quad Cities" and the one-hour midday broadcast, "News 8 at 11".

Jim, Julie, and meteorologist James Zahara have been together on "Good Morning Quad Cities" since 2006.

Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of "News 8 at 6:30" and a reporter for "News 8 at 10". He's also anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, the weekend broadcasts, and was a reporter on the streets when he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of "The Cities", a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station's radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association (www.ibna.org) and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association (www.nbna.info), an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

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    Deere Predicts Big Drop in Equipment Sales

    Deere and Company says worldwide equipment sales dropped six percent over the past 12 months but bigger drops are expected in the months ahead. Deere announced its fourth quarter earnings Wednesday, November 26 saying full year earnings for the fiscal year that ended on Halloween were down $400 million dollars from the year before.  But at $3.162 billion dollars, it’s still the second highest annual total for the Moline-based agricultural equipment manufacturer. Deere is the Quad City’s largest manufacturer. The […]

  • Runoff

    Ag in the AM: Illinois EPA Wants to Hear from Farmers

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency wants to start hearing from farmers about water quality and farm runoffs. The EPA just opened its public comment period for comments on a new statewide effort designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The public comment period for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy runs from now until January 24, 2015. The strategy targets statewide efforts to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen losses that end up in Illinois waterways and […]

  • These images span from Monday night into Tuesday morning and show the aftermath of protesters in Missouri post Mike Brown verdict in Missouri.

    Fires, Looting Erupt in Ferguson

    It was a violent night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri after the announcement that a grand jury will not indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of a black teenager. The grand jury’s decision that Officer Darren Wilson was protecting himself when he shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in August resulted in riots and looting in sections of the northern St. Louis suburb. At least 12 businesses along West Florissant Avenue were set […]

  • Ethanol

    Ag in the A.M.: EPA Backing off Ethanol Changes

    A big decision by the Environmental Protection Agency is giving a temporary victory to Iowa and Illinois corn farmers. The EPA now says it is delaying its decision to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel. The environmental agency says it will delay to next year the decision that was expected this year. Iowa and Illinois farm groups, and many area politicians, lobbied against the EPA’s planned rule changes. “We’re pleased the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration halted […]

  • That turkey feast still costs less than $50

    It still, just barely, costs less than $50 for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for ten people.

  • Kassewitz: Gas and Gifts May Drive the Markets

    Falling gas prices and retail sales will be on the top of the minds of investors this week. Thanksgiving holiday gas prices may have reached a five year low with the AAA saying prices at the pump falling for the 46th day in a row. The nationwide average is now $2.88 a gallon, down from $2.92 a week ago. The AAA says the Iowa Quad Cities has the lowest price for gas in any metro area in the state.  The […]

  • Chef Scott: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

    Talk about comfort foods for the family, Chef Brad Scott makes a meal from his sister's recipe collection

  • PAY IT FORWARD: Giving Cards to Troops

    We’re all getting ready for the holiday season, the time for greeting cards ringing in the season. A Quad City group of volunteers knows that military men and women serving overseas have very few options when it comes to giving cards to loved ones back home. While several groups make sure the troops themselves get cards, “Cards for the Troops”  makes sure they have cards to give. That brought Suzanne Chevalier to the front door of Mary Sue Sippel’s Quad […]

  • Kassewitz: Markets Spiked from Elections, Now What?

    Wall Street reached record heights last week, thanks in part to the nationwide elections that brought Republican control of the U.S. Senate. Our investment adviser, Phil Kassewitz, says those election returns are now factored into the markets and Wall Street will be looking at other factors this week.  Friday’s improving employment numbers also had a positive impact. Among the factors this week: new unemployment filing numbers and more corporate earnings reports. Kassewitz appeared live on “Good Morning Quad Cities”.

  • Congressman Evans, photo from Esterdahl

    Former Illinois 17th District Congressman Lane Evans Dies

    Former Quad City Congressman Lane Evans died late Wednesday, November 5, 2014, after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. Evans’ guardian, Mike Malmstrom, confirms the longtime Illinois Congressman died at 10:15 p.m. at the Hope Creek Nursing home in East Moline.  He was 63. Evans stepped down from Congress in 2006 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was first elected in 1982. Related:  Watch:  TV ads from Lane Evans’ early campaigns Malmstrom said funeral and memorial services were still being planned […]

  • GMQC Anchors Launch Nasty Facebook Challenge

    Facebook is a place where friends meet, except on “Good Morning Quad Cities”. Jim Mertens and Julie Sisk have launched a scorched earth campaign to get people to become “friends” and gain “likes” on their new company Facebook pages. But their new campaigns may be new lows.  Watch the video above and decide yourself. And check out WQAD Julie Sisk and WQAD Jim Mertens on The Facebook to leave your comments.

  • KASSEWITZ: Election Will Impact Your Investments

    Wall Street hit record highs to close out October, but the first week of November may be a waiting game. Investors will be waiting for the nationwide election results, particularly the U.S. Senate race in Iowa and elsewhere which could determine if Republicans win control of the upper House. Investment adviser Phil Kassewitz says Wall Street actually likes gridlock and prefers divided government. He spoke to us live on “Good Morning Quad Cities”.


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